Saturday, March 06, 2010

Kent Decree on Salt River Valley water law turns 100

The East Valley Tribune tells the story of the Kent Decree, issued by Judge Edward H. Kent of the District Court of the Territory of Arizona, on March 1, 1910.    Reporter Ed Taylor makes the case that this decision resolved numerous legal issues and set the stage for allocation of water rights in the Salt River Valley.

This landmark decision "affirmed the doctrine that the first people to use water beneficially on the land had the priority rights to that water. And it set the stage for the federal government to finance construction of Theodore Roosevelt Dam [right, credit SRP] and reservoir northeast of Mesa" that was critical to the economic development of the region.

1 comment:

  1. Judge Kent was the last territorial judge before Arizona became a state. He was my maternal grandmother's first first cousin. Little did I know I had any AZ connection when I moved here in 2012 until 2014 when I discovered this.